Hello Thursday.

I have the honor of judging a business pitch competition this evening here in Seattle in partnership with Urban Impact—a community development corporation that has been leading housing, jobs, education, and social justice work in communities of color. Particularly, in Seattle’s south end Rainier Beach and Rainier Valley communities where I grew up.
They’ve launched their first social enterprise business pitch competition and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help budding entrepreneurs realize their dreams.
I’ll be sharing details on Twitter and Periscope where I can before catching my red-eye flight back to Charlotte.





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South African Tech Firm EOH to Buy Aptronics in $13 Million Deal

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‘Building a community for black voices:’ St. Louisan Morgan DeBaun’s Silicon Valley startup Blavity 

DeBaun dishes on her secret to success as the “voice of black millennials”…Not treating every black person like they are the exact same person with the exact same interests





First Black U.S. Rolls Royce Dealer Talks Success from the Bottom Up 

With just a few credits and a dissertation to go, Thomas Moorehead abandoned his doctoral program, and his parent’s wishes, for an uncertain shot at learning the automobile business from the bottom up.





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